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PT3 Is The Next National Exam To Say Good Bye After UPSR

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has introduced three new assessment systems to determine students' school-based and classroom-based learnings.

Cover image via Dr Radzi Jidin (Facebook) & Focus Malaysia

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The Ministry of Education (MOE) has officially abolished the Form Three Assessment (PT3) exam

The announcement was made by its minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin today, 2 June, during a press conference.

PT3, the mandatory exam taken by Form Three students in government schools, has been cancelled for the years 2020 and 2021 following the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

"In 1993, PMR (Penilaian Menengah Rendah) was introduced and PT3 in 2014. In 2020 and last year, PT3 exams were not carried out," Radzi said

"Many wondered what will happen with PT3 exams this year? We have decided to abolish it starting this year."

The PT3 abolishment comes after Ujian Peperiksaan Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) was abolished last year

In other words, national school students between the ages of seven and 16 would not have to sit for national exams until they are in Form Five for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

"Surely a lot of people are asking how teachers and parents can assess students' academic performance if UPSR and PT3 are done away in primary and secondary schools," Radzi said.

To answer that, he said the MOE will be improving school-based and classroom-based assessments to determine how well students grasp their lessons with the introduction of Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS), Pentaksiran Aktiviti Jasmani, Sukan & Kokurikulum (PAJSK), and Pentaksiran Psikometrik (PPsi).

Watch Radzi make the announcement below:

In April 2021, Radzi announced the abolishment of UPSR:

In November 2019, the ministry decided that Form Four students will no longer need to choose between Science and Art streams: